Review: Jace by Alisa Woods

Posted September 24, 2016 by Lola in Fantasy, My To-Be Read List, Review, Romance / 20 Comments


My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Because Reading is Better Than Real Life where at the beginning of the month visitors can choose which book I’ll be reading this month. On the first saturday of a month the poll will be up, then on the second saturday of the month I’ll announce the book that won and on the last saturday of the month I’ll post my review of the book.

JaceJace (River Pack Wolves #2)
by Alisa Woods

Rating: 4 stars

His wolf is out of control. She’s a wild thing that won’t be tamed.

Ex-Army Specialist Jace River has a lock on his bedroom door, but it’s not to keep anyone out; it’s to keep his nightmares from breaking loose. His wolf is an out-of-control killer, which means he can never risk shifting, never truly be part of his pack, and definitely never take a mate.

Piper Wilding works for the Army as a civilian, traveling the world for her work in counterintelligence and fighting the bad guys while bedding down the good ones. The best part? It keeps her far from her asshole father in Seattle, the rest of the Wilding pack, and the pressure to take a mate. Settling down isn’t her thing, and after what happened to her mother, Piper vowed she would never be tied down by magic or men again.

While Jace’s wolf keeps him Sleepless in Seattle, Piper returns home to find her missing kid brother. When she breaks into the River brothers’ safehouse, sparks fly and claws come out. Her sexy skills threaten to bring out Jace’s wolf, and Jace’s good-guy hotness reminds Piper how tempting shifter men can be. They’re like fire and gasoline, and as they race to find Piper’s brother, the heat threatens to burn down all their carefully constructed walls. But falling in love has never been so dangerous—and being together means taking risks that neither might survive.

RECOMMENDED: Read Jaxson (River Pack Wolves 1) FIRST!Jace is a complete novel with HEA, the second in the River Pack Wolves trilogy (all standalone stories, but best enjoyed if you read them in order!).

Contains scorching hot shifters, alpha military heroes, and sexy spy girls. Only readers over 18 should dive into the deliciously hot world of the River brothers.

My Review:
The first book was good, but this one was even better. It had my attention from start to finish and I had so much fun reading about Jace and Piper. While this book features a new couple, we still get to see the characters from book one as well and this book continues the suspense plot line that was set-up in book one and will probably continue in the next one as well. I thought this worked really well and it gives the series a good sense of continuity even with the focus shifting to another couple.

Jace and Piper are so good together. I really liked reading about these two. From that first slightly awkward scene at the start were they meet that showed their personalities till the satisfying scene at the end. These two were a lot of fun to read about and they were really good together. While the romance develops fast that didn’t bother me as I certainly felt their romance and I liked them together. There’s no unnecessarily drama and I liked seeing them open up to each other share their secrets and help each other deal with things.

Jace has a wolf that’s out of control and goes wild when he shifts, so he doesn’t. He can’t submit to his alpha and he can’t take a mate and sleeps with a lock on his bedroom. He’s a good guy who cares about his family and when Piper shows up he wants to help and believes her intuition that something is wrong. Like Piper says he’s a good guy through and through.

Piper is used to being alone and trusting only herself. She could run off a bit hot headed, but her heart was on the right spot and while it might seem reckless, she did think things through and knew what she was doing most of the time. She cares deeply for her brother Noah and when he goes missing, she has to find him no matter what it takes. Which is how she lands at the River pack safe house and meets Jace. Piper has had a bad childhood and it was heartbreaking to read what she has gone through. She has build a wall around her, not allowing anyone to get close. And it was amazing to see Jace slowly break down that wall and see her open up to him and then help him as well. These two got the best out of each other and I liked seeing them figure it all out and work together.

We get a bit more of a grip on the world here and it was interesting to see the suspense plot line continue about someone’s who’s capturing shifters. We learn a few new pieces here, but I am sure we haven’t seen the last of them yet. There are some interesting revelations towards the end. Although I had hoped we would learn why Jace his wolf was so big as that never got explained. But maybe that’s a piece that get revealed later.

To summarize: I really enjoyed reading this book! I really liked this couple and seeing them help and heal each other and deal with their respective secrets. They were both great characters with depth and personality and I I loved them together. Alisa Woods really knows how to write a great paranormal romance, this book has a solid story, great characters, shifting, romance and even a bit of a suspense storyline thrown in. The suspense storyline was set-up in the first book and I think it will continue in the next one as well. We get to see the couple from the first book again as well, which was fun. All in all I can’t wait to read book 3 and see how it wraps this series up!



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20 responses to “Review: Jace by Alisa Woods

  1. Oh, this is good. Glad book two is holding strong in the series. Interesting part about his wolf running wild and out of control. Think that’s the first time I’ve seen that in a shifter story. I love that you say they help each other heal since that’s one of my favorite romance scenarios. Hopefully book three will keep the strong story going with the kidnapping mystery and the strong romance.

    Nice review, Lola!
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    • I just finished book 3 and it was just as good, definitely a great series and I hope to start the Wilding pack series soon. And yes the thing with hos wolf being out of control was something I hadn’t seen before either. The helping each other heal scenario is something each of the books in this series have and it’s so well done. It’s one of my favorite romance scenarios too as it’s great to see the positive effect the characters have on each other.

    • I actually already read the next book as well. That’s how good it was :). I really enjoy a good paranormal romance now and then! Although I haven’t read them as often lately, so it was nice to return to that genre with this series.

    • It was really neat this book was even better than the first. I just finished book 3 as well and it was just as good :). It’s great when that happens.

    • I actually just finished the third book and it was just as good as this one and nicely wrapped up the series. Now I hope I can start the spin-off series soon!

    • Wow you never have read a shifter book? It sure is hard to believe. And I am glad to hear you have other books by this author, so far I really am enjoying her books :).

      What I like about shifter books is how they can shift forms, for some reason I think it seems really cool. The freedom to be in a different shape for a bit. And I like how most shifters mix those animals traits and human traits in their characters. It’s interesting. I hope you’ll give a shifter book a try once!
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